USP releases MEDMARX data report

January 30, 2006

In its sixth annual MEDMARX Report, USP examined medication errors associated with radiological services. According to the report, 12% of all med errors reported to MEDMARX occurring in conjunction with radiological services were rated as harmful errors-seven times that seen in the general MEDMARX dataset of reported errors. Since more than 300 million diagnoses and treatments each year utilize radiological services, including radiology departments, cardiac catheterization laboratories, and nuclear medicine, USP hopes that the report will spur self-examination at institutions to identify weak links within each facility. However, the report has been criticized by the American College of Radiology as incomplete and inaccurate, and the college fears that the report may cause unnecessary alarm from patients.